Automatic . NS queries from BIND
warren at kumari.net
Wed Jun 17 14:49:11 UTC 2015
On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Anand Buddhdev <anandb at ripe.net> wrote:
> On 17/06/15 15:00, Matus UHLAR - fantomas wrote:
> Hi Matus,
>> well, the hard-coded hints file changes whenever new BIND release gets out,
>> while the bungled hints file may be updated by packagers or manually.
>> I'd say that the bundled hints file is likely to be newer than the
>> hard-coded one.
> Root name server addresses don't change that often.
Yah. I think that, if you still have a hints file from ~1995 (20
years) it will work...
> If you don't keep
> your version of BIND up to date, the worst that will happen is that you
> have slightly out-fo-date built-in hints. Assuming one of the root name
> servers had changed its address in the meantime, the practical effect of
> this is that upon startup, your BIND resolver's priming query has a 1 in
> 24 chance of timing out. If this happens, it will just try another
> address and succeed, and all will be well after that.
> This is why I prefer to depend on the built-in hints in BIND (and
> Unbound too, but that's off-topic), instead of the hassle of installing
> and maintaining a separate hints file. It just seems quite pointless.
> Finally, let me add that if memory serves me correctly, ISC recommends
> the use of built-in hints these days.
Yup, it's one less thing to break...
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I don't think the execution is relevant when it was obviously a bad
idea in the first place.
This is like putting rabid weasels in your pants, and later expressing
regret at having chosen those particular rabid weasels and that pair
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